Fact Check: BJP Spokesperson Tajinder Bagga Wrongly Claims 'Hinduon Se Azaadi' Was Chanted By Umar Khalid
The recent attacks on JNU students and faculties allegedly by ABVP members have sent shockwaves to people across the nation, especially amongst the student community. This was followed by hundreds of students arriving and protesting against the attacks on the students and the alleged lack of action taken by Delhi Police at the Gateway of India. Activist Umar Khalid was also present at the venue where he was sloganeering.
An 18-second video of Khalid sloganeering has gone viral on Twitter, which BJP Spokesperson Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga has forwarded with the claims that Khalid happens to be saying, 'CAA se Azaadi,' (Freedom from CAA) followed by what can be heard as 'Hinduon se Azaadi' (Freedom from Hindus) three times. The video has around 12600 likes and 8400 retweets.
In fact, Bagga even alleged that another twitter user took the video down after uploading it, saying that it represents that Khalid did use the phrase, 'Hinduon se azaadi.' He alleged that Umar Khalid forced the Twitter user to delete the video.
Many other Twitter users have also shared the video.
In this sea of comments, there were two attendees of the protest who put out their opinions saying that Umar Khalid did not mention any such sentences. However, the videos they uploaded did not have any segment with the words 'CAA' or anything sounding similar to 'Hindu' in the clips.
This sketchy 17 second video has close to 10K likes. Here's a clearer longer video. Share this so much that the power of information defeats misinformation and deceit. 1 RT = 1 slap on Bagga's face #JNUViolence
— Roshan Rai (@TheRoshanRai) January 6, 2020
Claim: 'Hinduon se Azaadi' sloganeering by Umar Khalid
Claim is false.
Umar Khalid did not say 'Hinduon Se Azaadi'.
On doing a simple keyword search on both Twitter and Facebook, we came across a video on Facebook which was listed under an event page titled 'Occupy Gateway'.
Umar khalid at #OccupyGateway
Occupy Gateway ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಭಾನುವಾರ, ಜನವರಿ 5, 2020
On listening to the audio carefully, between 3:10 and 3:16, Khalid clearly mentions, "Jaativaad se Azaadi, aur Manuvaad se Azaadi, aur Sanghvaad se Azaadi." This translates to, Freedom from casteism, freedom from the proponents of the Manusmriti and freedom from the proponents of the Sangh. A YouTube Live video from a local news portal Galli News with better audio quality from 52:40 minutes onwards also proves the same. The utterance of 'Hinduon' cannot been heard in anyway.
A detailed report of the online war between Bagga and Khalid has been covered by the Free Press Journal as well. The report mentions that Khalid accused Bagga of lying and spreading lies.
The person from whom BJP Spokesperson sourced the video, later again posted a clarification saying that there was no such slogan of "Hinduo se aazadi". Thus the allegation Tajinder Pal Singh Bagga said that he was forced to delete the video is a lie too.
The slogan made in the video is "Sanghvaad se Azaadi" and not 'Hinduon se Azaadi'. The audio in the video was not clear, thus misleading many Twitter users with inflammatory claims. Hence, the claim made by Bagga stating that Khalid said 'Hinduon se Azaadi' is false.
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